Re­new the Spark

Clean Eating - - BITS & BITES FOODIE FAVES -

If you’ve lost the joy that came from eat­ing and drink­ing your once fa­vorite co­mestibles, fear not. A re­port out of Per­son­al­ity and So­cial Psy­chol­ogy Bul­letin has found that re­newed en­joy­ment can be brought about by con­sum­ing items in new and un­con­ven­tional ways. Co-au­thor Robert Smith gives this ex­am­ple, “When you eat pop­corn with chop­sticks, you pay more at­ten­tion and you are more im­mersed in the ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s like eat­ing pop­corn for the first time.” Sound too silly to try? AP­PLY it to your life by slightly al­ter­ing an ex­ist­ing habit; for ex­am­ple, drink wa­ter with a me­tal loopy straw or out of a crys­tal glass. In­stead of a quo­tid­ian din­ner at the kitchen ta­ble, try a free-spir­ited pic­nic on the floor, lay­ing out pil­lows, blan­kets and tea lights to add even more charm.

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